Verizon Introduces Pay-as-You-Go Cloud Computing for Small Business

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The company's computing as a service, small business offering features built-in security and fully redundant architecture.

Communications giant Verizon announced it was looking to help businesses aiming to boost bandwidth, add more servers and turn up additional storage capacity to meet changing business needs with the company’s cloud computing offering, Computing as a Service, SMB. The solution, aimed at SMBs (small to medium-size businesses) joins Verizon's CAAS (Computing as a Service) portfolio of cloud computing services.

With Verizon CAAS SMB, customers can customize the server, storage and network resources required to manage a Web presence or enable company applications. The solution also offers built-in security including virtual private networks while allowing companies to add more security features. CAAS SMB also lets companies retain previous computing configurations of their data and servers so data can be accessed in the future, a company release noted.

"We are bringing the power of a high-performance, secure cloud environment to our small-business customers to meet their specific need for on-demand computing resources," said Carrie Gray, Verizon Business executive director of medium business. "This new offering will help SMBs tap cloud technology to be more agile, productive and cost effective so they can better compete in today's global economy without having to build and maintain a high-capital, high-maintenance infrastructure to meet their IT needs."

Verizon's offering is tailored to companies that have limited IT resources and do not want to own or manage their IT infrastructure.  Delivering a flexible, pay-as-you-go, on-demand offering, CaaS SMB is suited to smaller businesses such as retailers, manufacturers and professional services firms as well as independent departments within larger organizations. The company said the solution might also appeal to online businesses and application developers who want to code, test and stage in a reliable and scalable cloud environment. All that's needed to get started is a credit card, the company noted.

"On-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud computing solutions offer SMBs much-needed flexibility, cost-effectiveness and control for their IT operations," said Melanie Posey, research vice president at IDC. "Services such as Verizon's CAAS SMB deliver these benefits from a business-grade platform that features embedded security, redundancy and compatibility with existing systems."

Immediately available in the United States, the offering offers a host of features, including a Web-based console, server cloning, which lets organizations make a carbon copy of any server for backup protection, development version control or rapid deployment of additional capacity into load-balanced virtual Web farms and fully redundant architecture.

"Verizon Business is evolving to an 'Everything-as-a-Service' model in which cloud-based, converged solutions are delivered with built-in security via managed and professional services over our global IP network," said Gray. "The launch of Computing as a Service, SMB is another step in that evolution."